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'Real Martha' Denies Elements of 'Baby Reindeer,' Threatens to Sue Netflix

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 10, 2024 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 10, 2024 |


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The controversy surrounding Netflix’s hit series Baby Reindeer gets messier by the day. Fiona Harvey, the alleged real-life inspiration for the stalker character “Martha,” has called the show “obscene,” “defamatory,” and a complete work of fiction. She intends to sue the streamer for defamation over Baby Reindeer.

In a lengthy interview with Piers Morgan, Harvey claims she was “forced” to speak out after Baby Reindeer blew up globally. She called the series “hyperbole” and vowed to prove as much in court.

Netflix is sticking by Baby Reindeer creator Richard Gadd, asserting that the series is legit, and they did everything possible to hide the real identities (Gadd will not even publicly concede that Martha is based on Fiona Harvey).

The interview itself consists largely of Piers Morgan repeatedly asking Harvey if certain elements of the series are factual. Harvey denies almost everything, except that which might come off as flattering — she takes credit for inspiring the show’s title by once owning a baby reindeer.

However, she claims that she did not stalk Gadd, did not send him 41,000 emails, never spent time in prison, and that Gadd pursued her. “He asked me to sleep with him,” she told Morgan. “He asked me if I’d like my curtains fixed, and I laughed, and he said that’s a euphemism. ‘Do you want me to come home with you?’ And I said I have a boyfriend. I gave him the brush off. Big time.” Harvey asserted, saying that she doesn’t “fancy little boys without jobs.”

She concluded that Gadd is “completely off his head” and a “complete psychopath” while pointedly asking Piers Morgan how much money he thought Gadd had made from the series, as though calculating a possible settlement.

It is worth noting that Harvey resembles the Martha character played by Jessica Gunning, both in appearance and mannerisms. It’s not Harvey’s fault, but it is sometimes difficult to take her statements seriously, given how she is depicted in the Netflix series. Harvey seems guilty of the same hyperbole she accuses Gadd of employing. She also casually dismisses public evidence against her (from Twitter, for instance) as “jokes,” and her denials about the emails and voicemails are contradictory and not convincing.